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Court Tosses $7.7M Verdict in PATH Station Fall

A New Jersey appeals court has thrown out a $7.7 million jury award to a woman who slipped and fell in a PATH station six years ago.

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Soma Mandal was on her way to work at a New York City hospital when she slipped on wet floor mats at the Pavonia station. She sued the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Modern Facilities Services cleaning company.

The Port Authority was held 75 percent liable for the jury award.

In Thursday’s ruling, the appellate panel concluded the trial judge gave incorrect instructions to the jury on the Port Authority’s level of responsibility for accidents that occur in the station as opposed to getting on or off trains.

The appeals court says there should be a new trial.

 

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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